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Analysis of the cost performance of structural building frames in Australia

Mills, A. 2010, Analysis of the cost performance of structural building frames in Australia, in Proceedings of the 7th ICEC World Congress & 14th PAQS Congress : Sustainable Cost Management : Borderless Innovatoin., Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers, Singapore, pp. 1-15.

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Title Analysis of the cost performance of structural building frames in Australia
Author(s) Mills, A.
Conference name 7th International Cost Engineering Council World Congress and 14th Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors Congress (2010 : Sentosa, Singapore)
Conference location Sentosa, Singapore
Conference dates 23-27 July 2010
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the 7th ICEC World Congress & 14th PAQS Congress : Sustainable Cost Management : Borderless Innovatoin.
Editor(s) Ling, Florence Y. Y.
Publication date 2010
Conference series International Cost Engineering Council and Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors Congress
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Publisher Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers
Place of publication Singapore
Keyword(s) structural building frames
building cost performance
medium-rise construction
Australia
Summary The significance of this research is that it is the first comprehensive analysis of cost performance across Australia. It is well known that measuring cost performance is not an easy task; comparisons of building projects on a `like-for-like’ basis are uncommon, and rarely occur in the real world. However, this paper analyses 120 different structural frame models that represent various; structural designs, construction methods, grid spans, and locations.

The research produced price models that were representative of structural frames used in medium-rise non-residential buildings. It is based on pricing a number of standard building frame designs in five Australian cities. The results represent the cost of producing the same building in different locations, using similar building construction techniques. By utilizing a standard model, project variables like building quality, ground conditions and access were eradicated, thereby facilitating an unbiased comparison of cost performance. I addition, the results are an indicator of building productivity based on costs per square metre of various construction types.

This research provides the Australian industry with robust data about the relative cost performance of various structural building frames. In addition, this research has wider implications because the models may also become useful data for the measuring relative cost performance in other countries.
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ISBN 9789810864514
Language eng
Field of Research 129999 Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2010, Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30037060

Document type: Conference Paper
Collections: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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